You want your deck to last for years as it is an extension of your home and your entertainment space. However, with that comes deck maintenance that should be completed each year. Keep your deck looking great with the right cleaners, sealers, and stains. Learn more from our friends at Lowe’s.
Tip of the Week: A dripping faucet or leaking toilet can waste up to 20 gallons of water a day. That’s why it is imperative that you repair these issues immediately when they are found. Give us a call at ANDY OnCall® to help you with your home repair needs!
Making improvements to your lighting is one of the fastest ways to cut your energy bills. An average household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting. Using new lighting technologies can reduce lighting energy use in your home by 50% to 75%.
If you are like most people, your honey-do list far outweighs your available time. To conquer the list, it is helpful to prioritize your home improvement projects. Now is the time to get started on your list before the busy springtime season rolls around.
Update Fixtures— Fixtures are the fashion accessories of the house. They speak volumes about your style. Start with high traffic areas. Consider a new set of faucets in the kitchen and bathroom, or new light fixtures in living/dining room. They can be installed in a matter of hours. You will be amazed with the transformation they bring to your home.
Add A Backsplash – A well designed and installed tile backsplash is a nice focal point to your kitchen area. Besides showing off your personal style for your own enjoyment, an up-to-date design can make your house more desirable for potential buyers.
Fresh Paint— Painting is another quick & easy way of updating your home. Use new colors can completely restyle your home. Even just freshen up the old paint can give your home a nice lift, especially in high traffic areas like the bathroom, kitchen, hallway & living room.
Closet Organizers – Everyone can use more closet space, but how do you increase your bedroom closet capacity without adding an addition or taking away from the space in your room? Use closet organizers to remedy wasted space and alleviate clutter and confusion.
Stop energy wasting leaks and cold drafts. Weather-strip entire door jamb of all exterior doors…front doors, backdoors, and garage doors. Caulk around the exterior of your windows to stop window drafts.
Playing host during the holidays can certainly be stressful with all the cooking, planning, organizing, etc. Basic home maintenance isn’t only important for your home, it can make your life a lot easier during the busy holiday season.
New Kitchen Fixtures— By having the right kitchen environment for your get-togethers this holiday season, you can cut down on holiday stress by having a kitchen that’s equipped to handle all your holiday party needs.
A Fresh Coat Of Paint—Giving your bathroom something as simple as a nice new paint job can work wonders. Over time, even the highest quality paint job loses its luster, especially in a high traffic area like the bathroom.
Seal Door and Window Drafts—If you’ve been noticing that your home’s a little drafty, be sure to seal things up before your guests arrive.
Insulate Pipes—Coming home to busted or frozen pipes tops the list of cold weather, homeowner nightmares.
Strengthen Bouncy Decks—If you notice your deck starting to sag or feel unsteady when you walk across it, now’s probably the time to fix it.
Fix Slow Drains—More showers, extra laundry loads and a busier kitchen sink will put added strain on those slow drains and possibly cause a serious and inconvenient backup.
If you are thinking about installing a security system in your home, consider putting in a motion detector. Motion detectors can turn on lights, set off an alarm or call for help when they sense an intruder.
Maintaining vinyl and aluminum siding is relatively easy. Simply wash it once a year with a mild soap solution. Remember that harsh cleaners can damage nearby plants.
If your home has vinyl, steel, or aluminum siding, a pressure washer is an excellent alternative to hand-scrubbing. If your siding is made of wood, brick, stucco, has peeling paint, or has been painted with paint that may contain lead, don’t use a pressure washer.
Paint and stain aren’t just makeup, they’re foundation. Make sure that siding is protected from moisture and pests by keeping it well painted to seal it.
Wood siding’s worst enemies are moisture and wood-boring pests. You can minimize damage by making sure that Gutters are keeping water from the surface, and that nearby plants aren’t giving moisture and bugs a clear path to the siding. A once-a-year walk-around inspection of wood siding is a good idea.